Blackwing Volume 10001 Limited Edition (Set of 12)

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“The Art of Teaching without Teaching”

Tetsuya Miyamoto wanted to improve his students’ problem solving and logic skills… so in 2004, he invented the KenKen® puzzle in his mathematics classroom. He describes his method of instruction as “The Art of Teaching without Teaching,”.

The KenKen® puzzle is the only puzzle printed daily alongside the New York Times Crossword. These brain twisters encourage us to be more creative about how we apply problem solving and logic. It encourages us to integrate the left and right hemispheres of our brains.

Blackwing 10001 (壱万壱) is in honour of Miyamoto Sensei’s puzzles and his innovation in the field of teaching and learning. 10001 is a numeral palindrome (a word, phrase, or sequence that reads the same backward as forward…ie: madam), in Kanji as well as in Arabic numerals. It is also tied to one of Miyamoto Sensei’s favorite equations.

Blackwing 10001 sports a red-stained barrel, firm graphite, gold imprint and innovative five-sided “Gōkaku pencil” shape. Gōkaku means “passed,” in Japanese which is the desired outcome of any student. Gōkaku pencils are given to every student who graduates from the Miyamoto Mathematics class.